packaging problems with openMSX
Sorry if my english is rough - I'll try to make this text as clear as
possible. Please send any answer copied to me as I am
not a subscriber of this list. TIA.
I've read the maint-guide and most of the debian policy regarding
packaging software. After that, a few doubts remain concerning the
process of packaging openMSX, which I have started yesterday, after
issuing an ITP, answering to a RFP on that software. Just to clarify,
I am not a debian developer (btw, is there anybody that could please sponsor
me on this package?)
OpenMSX is a GPL'd software to emulate MSX home computers on x86
I've encontered the following issues, which I would be glad if someone in
this list please gave a light on:
1) What should one do when a software comes with files from different
authors with a different license? Should this license be explicit at
Inside the source of the distributed sofware, there are a few files,
actually ROM bios to simulate the original MSX rom bios, whose copyright
license all are the same. At first look, they seem very free, but I have to
ask you people where should they go, since I assume a user must easily know
the licenses relative to that package. I see at least two options:
a) leave these licenses where they are. In this case:
or b) insert them at the /usr/share/doc/openmsx/copyrhight
with a heading like:
"The following copyright license is relative to the files /foo/bar, /foo/
foobar and /bar/foo which came with this sofware:".
The copyright license which I am talking about is at the bottom of this e-
2) There are files in this source that must be copied to
/usr/share/games/openmsx. Where is the best place to make such copies?
Is it in the install section of the Makefile.in or of the debian/rules?
Or in the postinst, preinst files? I've seen the fluxbox example and it
seems the correct option is the install section of the rules file. Is that
3) openMSX needs a config file and the original source uses a hard-code
place that is wrong in Debian, /opt/share/OpenMSX. Maybe I could just edit
the source and use /usr/share/games/openmsx, but that isn't the best option,
considering we have autoconf and configure's datadir. How can one make a C
source get the value of a certain var from a 'configure'd variable, namely
prefix/datadir? I thought 'datadir' would be a global var at the time of the
compilation, so I tried to use it, but it didn't work.
4) the configuration file has to be fixed either. Should I just edit it
before making the package? This way I suppose the diff file would show what
I changed. Is this the right method? By the way, games configuration files
should stay at /usr/share/games/openmsx, right? /etc wouldn't be a good
place, would it?
Thank you in advance!
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